This section reminds us that the gospel has always had controversy connected with it. Timothy needs to “avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness”(2 Tim 2:16). Paul cites some who deny the resurrection and derail some people’s faith as an example (2 Tim 2:17-18).
He explains this by describing a homeowner and his dishes: “Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work”(2 Tim 2:20-21). Our cups and plates serve different purposes. Some cups are unworthy of great guests; some are too nice for everyday use. But if we cleanse ourselves from dishonorable things, we will be vessels with honorable uses, “set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house.” So Paul warns Timothy to flee youthful passions and foolish controversies, patiently and gently correcting his opponents (2 Tim 2:22, 24). God can use Timothy if Timothy keeps himself pure.
There is no higher purpose for any person than to be “useful to the master.” God’s will will be accomplished regardless of our choices, yet I long to be a tool in God’s hand, actively submitting myself for service. This means that I must maintain purity, wisdom, patience, and kindness. God can use us if we keep ourselves pure.
------------- One Thing to Think About: How is God using me?
One Thing to Pray For: The humility to allow God to use me
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